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Jessica Alba Biography

Jessica Alba


Name: Jessica Alba
Profession: Actress
Birth Date: April 28, 1981
Height: 5' 6 ½"

Jessica Alba was born in Pomona, Calif. Her mother is of Danish and French-Canadian descent, while her father is of Mexican-American descent. She has one younger brother named Joshua.

After falling in love with acting at an early age, Alba took her first acting class at age 12. She was signed by an agent nine months later and her career was suddenly underway. Alba's first appearance on film was a small role in the 1994 feature "Camp Nowhere" as Gail. She was originally hired for two weeks, but her role turned into a two-month job when the actress in one of the prominent roles dropped out. Alba was picked to replace her because her hair matched that of the original actress.

Alba also landed on television for the first time in 1994, landing a recurring role as the insufferable young snob Jessica in three episodes of the Nickelodeon comedy series "The Secret World of Alex Mack." She then performed the role of Maya in the first two seasons of the TV series "The New Adventures of Flipper." Under the tutelage of her lifeguard mother, Alba learned to swim before she could walk, and she was a PADI-certified scuba diver, skills which were put to use on the show, which was filmed in Australia. In 1996, she appeared in the film "Venus Rising" as Young Eve.

In 1998, Alba appeared as Melissa Hauer in a first-season episode of the Steven Bochco crime-drama "Brooklyn South," as Leanne in two episodes of "Beverly Hills 90210," and as Layla in an episode of "The Love Boat: The Next Wave." In 1999, she appeared in the Randy Quaid comedy feature "P.U.N.K.S."

After graduating from high school, Alba studied acting with William H. Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, at the Atlantic Theater Company, which was developed by Macy and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and film director, David Mamet.

Alba rose to greater prominence in Hollywood in 1999 after appearing as a member of a snobby high school clique in the Drew Barrymore romantic comedy "Never Been Kissed," and as the female lead in the 1999 comedy-horror film "Idle Hands," opposite Devon Sawa.

Alba's big break came in 2000 when writer/director James Cameron picked her from a pool of 1,200 candidates for the role of the genetically-engineered super-soldier, Max Guevara, on the Fox sci-fi TV series "Dark Angel." Alba was a lead star in the series, which ran for two seasons before being canceled in 2002.

Despite the show's cancellation, Alba's career would continue to soar. She went on to appear as an aspiring dancer/choreographer in the 2003 film "Honey." Two years later, she starred as exotic dancer Nancy Callahan in "Sin City," and as the classic Marvel Comics character Sue Storm the Invisible Woman in the "Fantastic Four."

Often regarded as one of the world's most beautiful women, Alba has firmly established herself as one of today's top stars.